A mindfulness retreat is an amazing experience whether you are new to mindfulness or a regular practitioner. A range of retreats are offered including mini retreats, half day or full day……purely for practicing mindfulness together! It is an opportunity to be guided through a variety of practices, with nothing else to do but “just be”.
They are held in beautiful surroundings and in noble silence to support your experience of going within and bringing awareness to your experience. This really is a time to release yourself from business and doing and listen to yourself. No phones, no one needing anything from you……… Re TREAT yourself!
How is a retreat different from a workshop or course? A retreat is different from a mindfulness workshop or course, in that the focus is much more on continuous practice, without theory or workshop activities. You will be guided through a range of mindfulness practices: including sitting, walking, standing, eating, listening and talking, compassion and loving kindness. The practices will depend a little according to the theme of the retreat.
Usually retreats are offered as half day or full days in Rangiora. However it is possible to offer these elsewhere in different formats in North Canterbury if a suitable venue is available. If you are interested in a retreat elsewhere in North Canterbury, please email us.
“I used to think retreats were for people who were hardcore meditators. I can actually remember a while back when my wife was going to go on a silent retreat I called her weird. This all changed when I went on my first day retreat a few years later. People weren’t hardcore or weird. In fact, people were lovely.I loved my first retreat! It was by far the most peaceful, enjoyable, happy day I had had in years!”Mark HarrisBuilder
Who is it for? Some are open to all including people new to mindfulness and others are for those who have some sort of grounding and experience of the practices…either by having done a course or other mindfulness practice experiences.
If you are new to mindfulness practice, not sure if this is helpful for you right now then email me. Mindfulness can be very helpful practice for many but it is not for all, all the time. If we are new to the practice and suffering from any acute distress or difficulties then it is worth checking out with me first.
The mini retreats (3 hours) provide a gentle taster of mindfulness retreats for anyone who is curious. They are of course also a great way for those with some experience to re invigorate their practice and reconnect with like minded people.
The mini retreats are held in noble silence and you will be guided and supported through a range of mindfulness practices (some still and some moving). If you are not sure if this is for you then please email me and we can talk about it more.
The longer retreats are great for those that have some sort of experience of mindfulness practices and want to re invigorate their practice or go deeper. As well as experiencing the benefits of practicing with others that is such an important way to keep our practice alive.
“It was a real treat to participate in Kate’s mindfulness retreat. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with those practices you know are good for you but get out of the habit of doing when life gets in the way. Kate is a highly skilled facilitator, she created a well thought-out programme using a variety of techniques and practices throughout the day. It was suitable for all – from those new to mindfulness to more established practitioners. She quickly created a safe, trusting and nurturing environment, even though participants didn’t all know each other. I highly recommend Kate’s retreat as a great way to reconnect with practice or deepen your skills and knowledge.”Jane Davis, Director, The Flourishing Institute.
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